A simple, spot on comment

I’m liking Allison Morrow’s “my two cents” comment  on “CNN’s Business Nightcap”, 10/7/2021, re the debt ceiling issue and Congress’s, let’s call it, behavior.

Morrow:  “This whole thing is extremely stupid and unnecessary.”  Nice summary  of the situation!

The very people who are arguing over the issue are the ones who created it.  Yes, stupid.  Yes, unnecessary!

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150 miles and $2000+

The Multiple Sclerosis organization sponsors a nationwide fund raising event each year in cities across the US. The event, “The MS 150” occurs on a weekend. Bicycle riders raise a minimum of $300 each to participate in the two day ride, 75 miles each day. It takes about 8 weeks of training to prepare and in most cities 1000’s participate on the weekend ride.

So well organized! MS recruits 100’s of volunteers to manage registration, safety, rest stops, and medical and equipment support along the ride route. Many, many organizations volunteer their time and resources to support the ride.

We have biked the event several times. Recently, my son and I completed the event on September 11 & 12. 50 miles, total ride time 13 hours, 24 minutes. (almost equal time each day, a little over 6.5 hours).  Average speed 11.1 mph.  It was challenging, with the afternoons hot.  The second afternoon, the last four hours, was grueling due to the lack of shade, wide open farm lands that offered no cover from the almost constant wind. The equipment held up just fine. Together we raised more than $2000 for MS. In this event more than 1000 riders participated and raised more than one million dollars for MS.

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20 Years…

20 years in Afghanistan, 1000’s of American deaths and even more disabling injuries, billions of dollars wasted on equipment, supplies and facilities, and look at the mess. Is there any hope that our government learns from this — that you can’t install democracy where it is not wanted, that you can’t change a culture that is rooted in warring factions, conflict, and religious hate.

20 years and look what we have accomplished.

It is so sad. Many Afghan citizens probably want a peaceful life, an opportunity to be successful, hope for an open and free educational system, long for a safe and free living environment, and look what they have.

20 years…

The human cost is the greatest cost of all.

Here is an article from Forbes, Aug 23, 2021 that itemizes the other waste of our 20 year war:

!https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2021/08/23/staggering-costs–us-military-equipment-left-behind-in-afghanistan/?sh=79e80c4141db

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Experience

Ya just gotta love this quote, which based on my research, is credited to Will Rogers, Mark Twain, and others…

Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.”

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“Looking for some Clarity…. “

Need a little organization?

… want to eliminate some confusion?  … at work, home, school? … maybe achieve more?

Confusion in your life?  Mess on the desk?  Feel overwhelmed? Just  seems like you can’t get anything done?

Take some quiet time; manage your space, do some planning:

If you have an office, close the door, A cube? Find a conference room

If neither? Use a library or coffee shop.

Put your stuff in boxes, mentally or actually draw them, label them. Use a notebook and “Post-its”, or, laptop and e-tools to display, organize, prioritize, and manage your boxes.

Set some priorities, most important box to least important, some boxes may have to be addressed simultaneously, Some tasks on multiple days, so identify task, day(s), time alloted those as well.

Examples: Your “work” box may have 8 or 10 sub-boxes / projects; your home box maybe 5 or more, make a personal time box, maybe a “me box”. However, they are related by time — they share your time, just so many hours in a day/week/month.

There are planning tools out there on the web that can help you manage your stuff. Consider this popular matrix… it comes in many forms and is highly adaptable.

In a previous post,  I noted that organization chart structures are handy organization tools… that tool might be used here and is especially handy for prioritizing things.

https://wordpress.com/post/successnexcess.com/588

One of the greatest culprits of disorganization or inefficiency is a perceived lack of time. Actually, there is always time! In many cases it can be a lack of “time management” skills.  The writer believes you don’t necessarily have to take a course / attend a seminar on the subject, although if it helps its worth the time (no pun intended). This blogger believes all you have to do is organize your stuff and follow Nike’s advice — “Just Do It”.  Commit to the time to make a plan, manage your time, allot time for each box,  and implement your plan, taking related actions to close out the tasks or work.  Lack of or poor implementation has been known as a cause of failed plans.

Above all, one has to commit the time to make the plan!

Do not let anything short of an emergency or critical event get in your way, or disorganize your day and time. Interruptions and priorities can change your day of course, but if it happens too often, life/work/time may be managing you rather than the other way around.

For the record, a messy desk is not necessarily a sign of a disorganized owner; in some cases it might be the sign of a big-time “multi-tasker”, or, a disorganized owner.

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Just Plain Ugly !

If this does not make one angry, does not touch one’s sense of justice, then “one” might be part of the problem!

Curtis Flowers spent nearly half his life in prison for the murders of four people and may still be on death row if not for the investigative work of a podcast.

Badly broken in this case!

Read the story of Curtis Flowers as documented on 60 minutes and aired on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/curtis-flowers-in-the-dark-60-minutes-2021-07-25/

Then ask why the prosecuting attorney was never prosecuted. Above the law?

There ARE professional organizations who need to clean up their ranks. It only takes a few to darken and stain the reputations of some otherwise good professional organizations. And it is awful some are in the judicial system where the impact is personal and critical. This example is ugly.

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“Time” for decisions…

This was a new job, a promotion for Sam, title: Human Resources (HR) Supervisor, his first management position. The company paid to move his family, a full relocation package. His new work location — a fully integrated manufacturing business that occupied a full city block. The facility was all brick, 60 years old, four stories high, with a courtyard in the center large enough for tractor trailers to enter, unload, and make a full turn to exit. It is a cool business. 900 employees. The business had additional facilities, two plants, offshore, in Puerto Rico.

Sam is on the job 6 days and finds out his boss is leaving for two weeks for a beach vacation with his family.

The second day his boss is gone the Operations Manager (OM) (responsible for manufacturing and warehousing) steps into the doorway of Sam’s office, leans against the door frame, and announces that his warehouse supervisor was arrested the previous evening for soliciting on a downtown street corner, dressed in drag.

There is usually a healthy competition, sometimes stressful, relationship between Operations and HR as the two need to strike an understanding and balance of what operating decisions are good for employees and the business, honoring policy, company values, and the need to run an efficient, productive, profitable, concern.

The OM, still in the door frame, is smiling like a Cheshire Cat, anticipating that the greenhorn HR guy will have no idea what to do with this. And, even better, the HR guy’s boss is gone. After a brief discussion the HR guy comes up with, “furlough him with pay until the authorities make a decision”. If the authorities charge him and he’s found guilty, we release him. Stop back at the end of the week and we’ll look at where we are. Boom! Disappointed that the new guy didn’t bumble the issue, the OM returns to his work.

Epilogue: Ten days later the authorities drop the charges against the Warehouse Supervisor. The the HR guy recommends the OM reinstate the Warehouse Supervisor, he does so. The Warehouse Supervisor was also warned that as a manager he can be the face of the company and he’d be released if further questionable behavior occurs.

There is usually a little time to make a decision.

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Why ???

Meanwhile, the news reports more than 1 in 10 people who got one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine in the US have missed their second dose, according to CDC data. That could leave people more vulnerable to dangerous coronavirus strains like the Delta variant. 

Why miss the second dose? What do you think???:

— Don’t have their crap together

— Failed to note on their calendar

— Think one is sufficient

— Failed to educate themselves on the virus (lots of info out there)

— Stupid

— Don’t care about others

— Senior with failing memory

— Couldn’t get access to inoculation location

Update: cases are rising in all states, hospitalizations as well, 95% of those hospitalized did not opt for vaccine shots… I’m voting for stupid.

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Still true after 27 years…

Charley Reese was an American syndicated columnist known for his conservative views. He was associated with the Orlando Sentinel from 1971 to 2001, both as a writer and in various editorial capacities. King Features Syndicate distributed his column, which was published three times per week.

This column was written in 1984 by Charlie Reese, and yet applies today some 27 years later. Some of the actor names have changed however one will recognize the situation and environment has not.

http://www.hurherald.com/cgi-bin/db_scripts/articles?Action=user_view&db=hurheral_articles&id=53930

By CHARLEY REESE

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don’t have the constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code. The Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy. The Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices — 545 human beings out of 238 million — are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Bank because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I exclude all of the special interest and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Don’t you see how the con game is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept. it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes. O’Neill is (was) speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto.

Just 545 Americans have fouled up this great nation. It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted – by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise complete power over the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical force like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. they and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

– Charley Reese retired from the Orlando Sentinel in 2001, 17 years after he wrote this column.

There is just nothing left to say… !

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